Neither Eintracht Frankfurt or TSG 1899 Hoffenheim were able to find the back of the net as they drew 0-0 in a bruising Bundesliga encounter at the Commerzbank Arena on Friday night.
- Frankfurt 0 Hoffenheim 0
- Tough tackling encounter
- Eight yellow cards shown
- Chandler sent off late on
Frankfurt will be disappointed not to have found the back of the net after hitting 14 shots at goal and limiting their opponents to just three.
However, the defining characteristic of the match was the tough tackling from both sides as the hosts were shown eight red cards and had Timothy Chandler sent off in the 82nd minute, while Hoffenheim received three yellow cards of their own.
— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) December 9, 2016
The hosts began the match the stronger of the two sides and went close in the 15th minute when Alexander Meier got on the end of a lofted ball into the box, but fired his shot wide.
They should have been a goal up nine minutes later when David Abraham used his skill to create some space in the box before hitting a disappointingly weak shot that was easy for Oliver Baumann to save.
Hoffenheim’s best chance of the match came in the 36th minute when Jeremy Toljan had a crack from long range that went inches over the bar.
After the break Frankfurt continued to dominate and Meier went close again in the 66th minute after getting his head to an inch-perfect cross but headed the ball over the bar.
The players had been flirting with laws of the game all night and the home side finally went one step too far in the 82nd minute when Chandler was given a straight red card for a terrible challenge, much to the frustration of his manager.
Despite being a man up for around eight minutes, Hoffenheim were unable to put the home side under any extra pressure and the match petered out to a dull 0-0 draw.
— TSG Hoffenheim EN (@achtzehn99_en) December 9, 2016